PG | | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Four unfortunate men from different parts of the globe agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerin across dangerous South American jungle.
The robbery of the church in the Elizabeth (NJ) prologue was based on a real-life church robbery that took place three blocks from where the church in the film was shot. The perpetrator of that crime was Gerard Murphy, an ex-con who became an actor. Friedkin gave him the part of the head of the robbery/Donnelly mob.
Where am I going?
Vinnie: All I can say is it's a good place to lay low.
Vinnie: It's the kind of place nobody wants to go looking.
In the wide shots of the trucks crossing the bridge you can see the tow cables/anchor lines to the bridge going in and out of the water as the bridge rocks back and forth.
The only opening credits at the beginning of the film are the studios' names followed by the film's graffiti style font title. Although by the late 1990's it was quite common to not have credits at the beginning of a film, in 1977 it was very unusual.
The European version of the film was re-edited and shortened by CIC, the European distributor, without director William Friedkin's permission. The prologue sequences set in New York, Paris, Vera Cruz and Israel that show what happened to the main characters and why they had to flee to South America, were changed to flashbacks running throughout the film.
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